NB Lectures are listed below the field meetings
Field meetings are open to members only. All members are welcome giving opportunities to pursue specific interests and learn about biodiversity in different habitats and the relationships between species involved.
Reports of past excursions can be found on this website (under NEWS items).
Field meetings for 2020 are listed below.
Please note the following precautions: stout footwear and suitable outdoor clothing should always be worn. Bring plenty of food and drink, with sun blocker and insect repellent when relevant. Members take part entirely at their own risk and are responsible for their personal safety and the security of their personal belongings.
Of course the weather can never be guaranteed, so some events may have to be altered slightly to work around any inclement precipitations! Also note that return times are approximate only.
Notes for meetings led by June Atkinson:
Enquiries to her on 01423 885612 or mobile 07811 929925
Pick-up point for minibus and coach outings: meet at York Place Car Park, off York Road, Knaresborough – behind Marquis of Granby pub. Car parking charge: £1.60 all day. Please have exact money for the machine.
Please note that the price for the bookable trips is £17.
Notes for all the ‘botanical’ field trips
A packed lunch is required; events would normally finish around 4:00. Please email or ‘phone the organiser to say you are coming, this will make it possible to car share – many of the venues have little parking; also changes to the printed programme may have occurred. Please bring next-of-kin name and phone number.
Allerton Waste Recovery Park
Please contact Muff Upsall if you would like to attend.
Spring wildlife and bryophytes, Roulston Scar
Meet at 10am in the White Horse car park (SE 514 812).
Leader: Nick Gaunt
Early flowers at Aubert Ings, Cattal
Leader: Richard Campbell
Gouthwaite Reservoir, Scar House and Angram
Meet at Gouthwaite main car park at 9.30am, in cars. Looking for waterfowl and spring migrants. Stopping en route for Dipper, Pied Flycatcher and raptors. Scar House for lunch; looking for Ring Ouzel, Wheatear etc. A walk to Angram for those who so wish.
RSPB Fairburn Ings
Meet in Reserve car park at 10am, in cars. Looking for passage migrants, waders, warblers, egrets and Spoonbills; 75 species were seen on the last two trips. RSPB members should have their cards with them.
Grass Wood for uncommon plants
Leader: Bruce Brown
Stainburn Forest Nightjars
Leader: Mike Smithson
Muker Meadows, Swaledale
Details to follow
Roundhay Park for trees
Park on Princes Avenue, on the Tram Park opposite Lidgett Park Road
Leader: Alan Hunton
Farnham Gravel Pits for insects
Leader: Stuart Foster
Details to follow
Leader: David Barlow
Details to follow
Lectures take place at fortnightly meetings held between October and March (inclusive) in the St. Robert’s Centre, 2/3 Robert Street, Harrogate on Wednesday evenings at 7.30 p.m. These meetings are open to members and guests; visitor’s fee is £3.00. All lectures start at 7.30 pm. Parking is either on the adjacent streets or, with their kind permission, in the Waitrose car park.
From the Notebook – a photographic journey
Harrogate to Hungary, Filey to Fuerteventura: travels of a European birdwatcher.
Farming & Wildlife
An illustrated talk about wildlife conservation on farms mainly in Yorkshire both in the uplands and the arable east.
1280 and counting- Flora of HDNS area
Everything a non-botanist needs to know about the flora of the HDNS area but was afraid to ask. We'll look at the history of plant recording in our area - who recorded what and when - followed by a tour of the area by habitat / species (not all of them). What makes our area special from a botanical perspective and then round off with a botanical quiz just to make sure everyone has learned something.